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Antoine Blanchard “Boulevard De La Madeleine” 18x21



Antoine Blanchard (French, 1910-1988) Boulevard de la Madeleine Oil on canvas Measures: 18 x 21 inches (45.7 x 53.3 cm) Framed: 24 X 27.5 Inches Signed lower right: Antoine Blanchard This magnificent painting is not the standard 13x18 inches that comprises 80% of Blanchard paintings. This canvas is larger at 18 x 21 inches and contains everything that Antoine Blanchard is known for in the Paris Street scene. Just look at the photos. The Boulevard de la Madeleine is one of the four 'grands boulevards' of Paris, France, a chain of roads running east–west that includes the boulevard de la Madeleine, the boulevard des Capucines, the boulevard des Italiens and the boulevard Montmartre. This painting envelopes you in a rainy, fall and cold day shopping down the Boulevard in Paris with bustling horse drawn carriages and warmly lit shop window lights along with street lights telling you it’s almost time for hot a French dinner and a glass or two of wine. I personally grew up in Paris and this painting takes me there every time I glance at it... Wonderful! Condition: Excellent with Original canvas. No apparent in paint noted under UV light. Provenance: Private collection, Chicago, Illinois. The present work is currently listed on the Rehs Galleries Inc. Antoine Blanchard Virtual Checklist, #MDBM1821.0019. A photo “Certificate of Authenticity” accompanies the lot. Antoine Blanchard virtual checklist: MDBM1821.0019 AVANTIQUES is dedicated to providing an exclusive curated collection of Fine Arts, Paintings, Bronzes, Asian treasures, Art Glass and Antiques. Our inventory represents time-tested investment quality items with everlasting decorative beauty. We look forward to your business and appreciate any reasonable offers. All of our curated items are vetted and guaranteed authentic and as described. Avantiques only deals in original antiques and never reproductions. We stand behind our treasures with a full money back return if the items are not as described. Antoine Blanchard was born in France on November 15, 1910 in a small village near the banks of the Loire. He was the eldest of three children and his father, a carver, managed a small carpentry and furniture shop. Antoine would watch his father hand carve the furniture and began to display an artistic flair early in life - in an effort to promote this talent, his parents sent him to Blois for drawing lessons. He continued his training in Rennes at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts where he studied sculpture and drawing. Upon completion of his studies, he was awarded the schools highest award: Le Prix du Ministre. By 1932 he left Rennes and traveled to Paris to study. He enrolled at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts and after a few years entered the competition for the Prix de Rome. It was in Paris that he developed a love for the city and its street life. In 1939 Antoine married a young woman he met in Paris, and in September of that year war broke out and he was called up for service. It was not until 1942 that he would return to his art. His daughter Nicole was born in 1944, she too would follow in the family tradition and after the birth of her two daughters, she became an artist working under the name A. Champeau. It was also around this time that Antoine's father passed away, and he was compelled to return to his hometown and run the family business - giving him little time to paint. His second daughter, Evelyn, was born in 1947, and by 1948, he had given control of the family business to his younger brother and returned to Paris to paint. Contemporary life in Paris had changed, and he longed for the bygone days. He began to research the Belle Époque period in Paris - reading and studying all the material on the period he could find. Many of the subjects and scenes he portrayed were taken from images he collected of Paris during the 1890's, and he would often work on paintings for days or months before he finally felt they were complete. A.P. Larde comments in his book Antoine Blanchard, His Life His Work that he has always spent much time on his work: This explains why his production has always been rather limited, unlike the hurried and multiple proliferations of some modern artists… Delicate touches of luminous and shimmering tones produce a marvelous impression of harmony, brightness and light. Alternate shadings and lights, sensitive and mellow blending allow the artist to attain a hardly-ever reached degree of grace, of radiant and glimmering freshness. Larde continues to write that his works are first of all, a marvelous invitation to an ideal walk through Old Paris, so different from that of today. Although a large number of historical monuments remain, today's Paris has little in common with Paris at the turn of the century; the scenery may be almost the same, but daily life as it characters has totally changed; the customs have been entirely transformed. In his paintings, Antoine Blanchard invites us to relive this period by showing us pleasant strolls along embankments, squares and boulevards at a period in Parisian life when time did not count, when one had all one's time to idle, to stroll along the streets, to window-shop, to walk quietly along the boulevards or spend the afternoon in a sidewalk café. Like his contemporary, Édouard Cortès, he devoted his artistic career to the depiction of Paris through all its daily and seasonal changes. But he was not an imitator of Cortes, but rather depicted the life of Paris at the turn of the century from his own point of view and with his own, unique style. Larde makes an interesting comparison: Édouard Cortès has always expressed himself in a rather rich virile style, using large and stressed touches, revealing a strength, which recalls the great masters of the 18th century. On the contrary, Antoine Blanchard has always used small strokes, with a delicate, enveloping and mellow treatment; the slight haziness which is a characteristic of his work in many ways recalls the great masters of the impressionist period. Whether it was l'Arc de Triomphe, la Madeleine, Café de la Paix, Notre Dame or the dozens of other historical monuments and buildings of Paris, his focus was on the daily life of Paris at the turn of the century. His work became highly sought after and collectors from around the world vied to acquire his new works. Today he is considered one of the leading exponents of the School of Paris painters. Please also consider Avantique’s eclectic collection of wonderful fine art paintings with artists such as Emile Albert Gruppe, Alphonse Mucha, Alfred De Breanski, Antoine Blanchard, and Marcel Dyf. We strive to collect the highest-quality paintings in exceptional condition.


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    Height: 26 in. (66.04 cm)Width: 29 in. (73.66 cm)Depth: 2 in. (5.08 cm)
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    Beaux Arts (Of the Period)
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    Wear consistent with age and use.
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    Dallas, TX
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